Originally created 11/30/97

Little puts on good show for homefolks in victory



Josey High School and Paine College graduate James Little was nervous about bringing his Monroe Albany squad to his hometown.

Little wanted to put on a good show for the homefolks at the Augusta State PE/Athletic Complex, which he and his team did.

Santos Hampton scored 14 points as Class AAA No. 3 Monroe Albany edged Glenn Hills 61-54 at The Augusta Thanksgiving Basketball Classic IV, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Augusta Inc. on Saturday.

Little graduated from Josey in 1970. He said he wasn't much of an athlete growing up in Augusta, but he hung around coaches in the area, like former Laney coach David DuPree.

Little's team won both of its games in the tourney, including a 71-53 win over his alma mater Friday.

"It was a fun two days," Little said. "I had an opportunity to see a lot of folks I haven't seen in a long time. I was nervous about this tournament because when you go home you want to do good."

The Golden Tornadoes overcame a subpar game from forward Kevin Paige. The 6-foot-5 forward was held to four points after scoring 30 in a 71-53 win over Josey on Friday night.

Paige has narrowed his list of colleges to Cincinnati, Central Florida and Alabama State.

Ironically, Little said Paige's off night was a good sign.

"That's one of the strengths of this team," Little said. "They have made a commitment that no matter what happens, our first priority is to win."

Anthony Farmer and Jermaine Patterson had 12 points apiece for Glenn Hills (1-1), which was as close as four points in the third period.

Spartans' coach Richard Wallace said the game was a good tuneup for the team's Region 3-AAA opener at Swainsboro on Tuesday.

"I'm disappointed we lost, but we have the nucleus to be a pretty decent basketball team," Wallace said.

In other action, South Carolina's Class AAA No. 1 Clover destroyed Greenbrier 76-50 behind 22 points from 6-6 forward Travis Robbins.

Georgia Class AAA No. 1 Westover Albany beat Laney 82-46 as Robert Hutchinson led four Patriots in double figures with 14 points. Greg Tinch added 13 points and John I. Davis and Antwane Savage scored 11 apiece.

Laney was led by Quincy Gilliam and Ken Gardenhire with 13 points apiece.

In the fourth game of the day, North Augusta rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final period to take a 57-54 win over Josey.

Josey led 36-29 after three periods and 37-29 early in the fourth quarter. North Augusta would go on a 10-0 run to turn a 41-36 deficit into a 46-41 lead with four minutes remaining in the game.

North Augusta (2-0) led by six, 53-47, with 50 seconds remaining. Josey cut its deficit to one, 55-54, on a 3-pointer by Ricardo Middleton with five seconds remaining.

Curtis Wheeler hit two free throws for North Augusta with two seconds left to give his squad a 57-54 lead.

Tyrone Walker intercepted a pass at the buzzer to prevent a potential game-tying shot from Josey. North Augusta was led by the Walker brothers, as Roosevelt scored 19 points and younger brother Tyrone added 11.

Josey (0-2) was led by Tyrone Hayes with 21 points and Middleton, who added 14.

In the nightcap, Robert Rhodes won his first game as a head coach as Richmond Academy upset Class AA No. 2 Towers 61-56.

Tuffy Walker scored 14 points and Quincy Murphy added 12 as the Musketeers split their two games in the tourney. Tim Britt of Towers (0-2) led all scorers with 24 points, including 15 in the opening half.

TOWERS (56)- Antind Durate 6, Tim Britt 24, Jimil Smith 3, Courtney Edwards 12, Greg Gravely 3, Jafar Taalib 6, Mike Smith 2. Totals 24 7-11 56.

RICHMOND ACADEMY (61)- Charles Avery 9, Kenny Dukes 8, Aaron McTier 2, Quincy Murphy 12, Jacona Pierce 7, James Stokeling 9, Tuffy Walker 14. Totals 21 19-32 61.

Towers15 15 13 13- 56

Richmond Academy9 16 16 20- 61

3-point goals: Britt. Records: Towers 0-2, Richmond Academy 1-1. Next: Richmond Academy at Thomson, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

NORTH AUGUSTA (57)- Roosevelt Walker 19, Curtis Wheeler 2, Marcus Robinson 6, Walt Dunaway 5, Isaac English 7, Tyrone Walker 11, Mark Vanderlinden 2, Kevin Smith 3, Toyian Williams 2. Totals 21 12-19 57.

JOSEY (54)- Tyreek Ravenell 1, Cornelius Mitchell 7, Ricardo Middleton 14, Thoms Bland 2, Tyrone Hayes 21, Larry Wingate 9. Totals 16 16-28.

North Augusta14 7 8 28- 57

Josey14 12 10 18- 54

3-point goals: R. Walker 2, Dunaway, Hayes 2, Mitchell, Middleton 3. Records: North Augusta 2-0, Josey 0-2. Next: Spring Valley at North Augusa, Thursday, 8 p.m. Hephzibah at Josey, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

LANEY (46)- Donquell Sims 4, Quincey Gilliams 13, Kenyatta Gardenhire 13, Darryl Green 4, Deon Atkins 4, Kirk Stephens 5, Terry Leverett 3. Totals 21 2-4 46.

WESTOVER ALBANY (82)- John I. Davis 11, Ravii Givens 5, Robert Hutchinson 14, Greg Tinch 11, Rodney Warren 6, Grady Caldwell 5, Antwane Savage 11, Carey Goodson 4, Melvin Harris 9, Antonio Felder 4, Casey Goodson 2. Totals 34 6-11 82.

Laney17 7 17 5- 46

Westover Albany20 21 24 17- 82

3-point goals: Gilliam, Gardenhire, Davis 3, Hutchinson 2, Caldwell, Savage 2. Records: Laney 0-2, Westover Albany 2-0. Next: Laney at Greenbrier, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Westover Albany at Lee County, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

MONROE ALBANY (61)- Cortez Frazier 6, Kevin Griffin 10, Altravious Thomas 7, Ashford Wilson 5, Santos Hampton 14, Kevin Paige 4, Chris Daniels 7, Kareem Davis 8. Totals 25 8-15 61.

GLENN HILLS (54)- David Brinson 2, Michael Cox 8, Anthony Farmer 12, Michael Lambert 2, Jermaine Patterson 12, Michael Pace 6, William Howard 9, Tremaine Becton 3. Totals 23 5-9 54.

Monroe Albany16 14 16 15- 61

Glenn Hills11 15 12 16- 54

3-point goals: Griffin, Davis 2, Cox. Records: Monroe Albany 2-0, Glenn Hills 1-1. Next: Dougherty at Monroe Albany, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Glenn Hills at Swainsboro, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

CLOVER (76)- Willis Ware 12, Travis Robbins 22, Mark Goddard 10, D. Haselden 2, D. Powell 2, J. North 6, C. Payne 6, M. Burris 6, Greg Southerland 8. Totals 29 12-14 76.

GREENBRIER (50)- James Shanks 3, Rodriguez Hudson 3, Billy Boinaparte 15, Ricardo Prince 5, Ryan Bowers 2, Todd Henchel 2, John Johnson 13, Anthony Sweat 7. Totals 22 5-11 50.

Clover24 20 14 18- 76

Greenbrier7 11 18 14- 50

3-point goals: Goddard 2, Southerland 2, Robbins, North, Hudson. Records: Clover 2-0, Greenbrier 0-2. Next: Kings Mountains (N.C.) at Clover, Thursday, 8 p.m. Laney at Greenbrier, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.